Originally posted by eatmybishop
buddism doesnt have a god... (the budda is not a god, but a way, you dont have to choose that way though).... it preaches the "self", the search to understand oneself not a god, it preaches no hope (hope is an illusion of the mind and makes no difference to the outcome), it preaches there is no good or evil, it preaches there is no judgement....
in ti less... we are all simply... one....
doesnt this fly in the face of most religions...???
You interpretation of Buddhism may be somewhat oversimplified.
There are also the essential elements of Zen awakening and compassion. Direct experience of spiritual realities and the development of altruism are extremely valuable, not only for Buddhists, but for adherents of any other religious creed. It would be a mistake, therefore, to simply disregard an entire belief system due to the various facets which remain incompatible. As a Christian I still meditate like a Buddhist, seeking enlightenment. Faith allows me to operate in God's power, but what I cannot see nor understand I still long to see and understand through meditative means. I also appreciate the Buddhist understanding of suffering, regarding the compassion which can be awakened in oneself through suffering, etc.
There is plenty of wisdom in Buddhism. To deny that wisdom its proper place would be tantamount to denying an aspect of oneself.